Since 1997 when Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, a string of education reforms have been introduced to improve the quality of education and maintain Hong Kong’s economic competitiveness in the age of globalization. This book provides a comprehensive and critical analysis of major issues and challenges faced by the education system, ranging from pre-school to higher education. It analyses the prospects for educational development in Hong Kong. It further addresses how the Hong Kong government has responded to the perceived challenges of the external environment and internal forces and explains the rationales for the actions taken. Not only does it review how the reform initiative challenges have been dealt with, it also reviews how effective these initiatives are and its implications on future directions.
1. Chapter 1 Introduction: Setting and Issues (Michael H. Lee and Thomas Kwan-Choi Tse)
2. Chapter 2 Vouchers in Early Childhood Education: Market Still? What to Choose Next? (Gail Wai-Kwan Yuen)
3. Chapter 3 Parental Choice in the New Education Market: Aided-turn-Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools in Focus (Jacqueline Chak-Kei Woo)
4. Chapter 4 Unlocking the Dilemma of Language Policy in the Post-1997 Era (Anita Yuk-Kang Poon)
5. Chapter 5 In Search of Equal and Excellent Basic Education in Hong Kong: Insights from Programme for International Student Assessment (Esther Sui-Chu Ho)
6. Chapter 6 Shadow Education: Features, Expansion and Implications (Kevin Wai-Ho Yung and Mark Bray)
7. Chapter 7 Curriculum Reform: Why, How, What and Where it Heads for? (Chi-Chung Lam and Ngai-Ying Wong)
8. Chapter 8 Civic Education in Hong Kong: From Colonial Era to Post-Occupy Movement Era (Yan-Wing Leung, Eric King-Man Chong, and 10. Timothy Wai-Wah Yuen)
9. Chapter 9 Changing Governance, Accountability and Leadership: Hong Kong Education Meets Neoliberalism (Nicholas Sun-Keung Pang)
10. Chapter 10 Should there be Public Reporting of School Performance? The Lessons from the School Inspection Reports Disputes (Thomas Kwan-Choi Tse)
11. Chapter 11 Parents and Home-school Relationships: Issues and Challenges (Shun-Wing Ng)
12. Chapter 12 Changing Student Diversity, Changing Cultures and Changing Education Policies: Cross-boundary Students, Chinese Immigrant Students and Non- Chinese Speaking Students in focus (Celeste Yuet-Mui Yuen)
13. Chapter 13 Excellence without a Soul? Higher Education in Post-1997 Hong Kong (Michael H. Lee)
In Asia, schooling, teaching and learning are undergoing major changes as a consequence of wider economic, social, cultural and political movements. The success of some Asian countries in international education benchmarks has redirected attention to the region. This is counterbalanced by other countries that are struggling to educate their citizens in the midst of political instability, ideological and religious tensions, poverty and natural disasters. In spite of such broad differences across countries in Asia, pioneering and innovative research is being conducted that is of increasing interest to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and governments worldwide.
The Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education book series will examine key theoretical and empirical research on the changing institutional and cultural contexts of Asian education. The series aims to establish a strong platform for the critical discussion of educational practices and pedagogies in Asia, and is open to Asian and international researchers with a focus on the region. Interdisciplinary research is welcomed, including education, social sciences, psychology, organisational studies, economics, history, political science, cultural studies, and language and literacy.